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What's a Wreck?

A Cake Wreck is any cake that is unintentionally sad, silly, creepy, inappropriate - you name it. A Wreck is not necessarily a poorly-made cake; it's simply one I find funny, for any of a number of reasons. Anyone who has ever smeared frosting on a baked good has made a Wreck at one time or another, so I'm not here to vilify decorators: Cake Wrecks is just about finding the funny in unexpected, sugar-filled places.

Now, don't you have a photo you want to send me? ;)

- Jen
Wednesday
Jun172009

KILL IT WITH FIRE!! (Oh wait, they already did...)

This Wreck is from last year, but since they ran the episode on Food Network recently I've been inundated with requests - nay, demands - that I feature it immediately. (And by the way, you guys are just so cute when you get bossy.)

We're fortunate that CW reader Jason got a hold of the actual episode this week, because he made a quick minute-and-a-half recap that captures the true Wrecktastic essence of this masterpiece. It also had John nearly crying with laughter, so you must watch:

I should mention that the challenge was to create a birthday cake for Kerry Vincent, aka the Simon Cowell of cake competitions. This is not the lady you screw up in front of. Or make towering spikes of cake and fruit and paper lathered up with melted goo and then set aflame in front of.


Yep, there were small bowls of alcohol set in the cake, which the creators lit to simulate birthday candles. Unsurprisingly to everyone except perhaps the bakers themselves, the cake then caught on fire.

Here it is covered with a fine dusting of fire extinguisher foam, which most everyone agreed was a visual improvement:

Now THAT is a Cake Wreck, folks.

Still, before you guys rip on these gals too much, consider how boring the world would be without those daring innovators who are willing to go down in flames [smirk] for the sake of their art. I say we applaud these brave souls, and encourage all the ingenuity, forward-thinking, and pyromania that we can. [nodding seriously] Wreck on, my friends, wreck on.

- Related Wreckage: Sandra Lee Shows Us How It's (Not) Done

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Reader Comments (367)

I saw this episode. But truthfully, knowing there is no love lost between KV and Kerry - just kind of wonder if KV accidentally on purpose made a wreck out of her creation. KV and Kerry have not seen eye-to-eye on any challenge they have both been on.

May 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

FYI according to her website this umm... artist... will be on another Challenge episode, which airs July 18, 2010. I'm kind of curious if we'll see another fiasco...

June 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Stevie and her raging ego struck again this weekend with "Edible Landscapes" and her take on "Swamp". While not as spectacular a failure as this one, it was far south of "success".

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I've seen this lady on challenges so many times, and all her cakes come out that disastrous.like just tonight, she made a giant swamp...thing with a big head made out of green chocolate that resembled Kerry's head. It then failed to activate the spring that launched the chocolate head up...

July 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChrissy S.

That pastry chef or what ever she likes to call herself is awful.....why does she get to be that show.....all the times she been on she make ths worst cakes ever....she is a joke and becomes a bigger joke each time...Auggie

August 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

What did the winning cake look like? It would be interesting to compare.
-Katie C.

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

if kerry vincent is cake wrecks' simon cowell, then sandra lee has to be the Sanjaya. i've never seen this lady make anything acceptable. do they keep inviting her back for laughs?

September 27, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersam

Oh, lordy, it's THAT baker again. She's a self-declared Artist and each time she shows up on Challenge it's a train wreck as she works to execute her artsy vision despite all logic to the contrary.

There's the bridge 'cake' she made into a tower, wrapped in seaweed, and then had to let crash to the floor because she put a foot long base on a 5' vertical 'cake'.

Then there's the edible Christmas tree ornaments Challenge where she wrapped her tree in pink plastic wrap.

It's total fascination of the abomination time each time she appears on Challenge.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChriss C.

It's not the sad outcome or the appearance of the cake, but the work itself that makes me throw up.

A worktable that has no room to place utensils, no gloves and she even puts the molten chocolate on the floor. Just that she did not put the spatula un the floor too! Yuck!

December 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I was actually there when that Cake challenge was filmed! That lady was a wacko!!!

December 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

I remember seeing that episode when it originally aired. There has always been friction between the decorator and Kerry, and it would not surprise me if the decorator deliberately did this to get back at Kerry.

February 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDon

HAHA! Stevie HATES KV - so it doesn't surprise me one bit that the cake was that ugly. I'm actually kind of proud of her for being that bold and purposely making a cake she knew Kerry would hate. You know she had fun doing it too :)

February 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Wow. It looks like a mudslide disaster in some forgotten rainforest.

Was there every any hope that it would be appetizing? As in, before the Inferno stage?

March 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Kimball

was that even a cake at all?

April 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjc

I really feel like I need to watch the episode because I'm just kind of scratching my head right now...on top of everything, the fact it was a bday cake for KV??? I'm so puzzled...holy wow. Just holy wow.

April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

If there is one thing we learned form this is that cake, chocolate, melted sugar, paper, alcohol, and fire don't mix well at all.

July 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Did anyone else get a "This video does not exist" when he/she tried to watch it?

December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIsabella

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